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Pt. 2 Engineering the Perfect Storm and Finding Balance

This is part two of the “Gut Punch your Audience with Emotion” presentation originally given at Fyrecon 2, June 23rd at Weber State University Davis. Here’s a handy link to the other parts of the series: Pt. 1 Visceral Experiences … Continue reading

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Pt. 1 Visceral Experiences and Creating Award Winning Drama

This is part one of the “Gut Punch your Audience with Emotion” presentation originally given at Fyrecon 2, June 23, 2018 at Weber State University Davis. Parts two and three are now available: Pt. 2 Engineering the Perfect Storm and … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Bring Your Writer Friends Joy

‘Tis the season to give and show gratitude, and for those of you with a writer in your life, now is the perfect time to make an extra effort to bring them joy.  Writers and creative people tend to lead … Continue reading

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The Art of the Short Story with Paul Genesse

This month I attended a lecture presented by the animated and hilarious Paul Genesse, editor of the Crimson Pact Anthology series and author of the Iron Dragon series.  In this lecture we learned the ins and outs of how to … Continue reading

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Writing Suspense

The great thing about attending a conference is being able to sit and listen to different lectures about all sorts of different topics.  Even better, I get to use my notes to share what I learned with you, my dear … Continue reading

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Seven Point Story Structure, the Ninja of the Writing World

I had the chance to tune in to Dan Wells series of YouTube videos on seven point story structure and learned a lot about the finer points of its ins and outs.  It really is the ninja of the writing … Continue reading

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Orson Scott Card’s “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy”

Although it say’s it’s for writers of science fiction and fantasy, I’ve found enough gems inside this book that it’s worth sharing with all my fellow writers.  Orson Scott Card, author of the award winning “Ender’s Game” and many other … Continue reading

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Scene and Sequel – I finally get it!

I’ve heard the terms scene and sequel used together for the past few years and to be honest until recently I’ve been super confused about them.  I knew what a scene was, it’s that thing that happens in one place … Continue reading

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Blogging 101 for Authors with Tristi Pinkston!

In the current book market authors have to be more proactive than ever to promote their books.  Blogging is one of the handiest tools for an author to interact with their fans.  Not only is blogging fun, it helps tighten … Continue reading

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The 5 Shalts and Shalt Nots of Book Trailers

Five years ago it was unheard of to use a book trailer to attract readers.  Today, it seems like new books are required to have one just to keep up with the market.  To me, using a video to sell … Continue reading

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